Apple introduced iOS 14 last year, a new rating and photo system for points-of-interest in Apple Maps. This was entirely built by Apple without any third-party services. These features are now being made available to US users.
Apple Maps relied on third party platforms such as Yelp, Foursquare, and TripAdvisor for reviews. This was a great way to get thousands of reviews from partners, but users also had to download other apps in order to leave their reviews.
With the release of iOS 14 in 2020, Apple has introduced its own solution for reviews in the Apple Maps app. It was initially tested in Europe but then expanded to Latin America and Asia.
MacRumors reports that Apple has finally made its own rating system for Apple Maps points of interest. These reviews are based on a thumbs-up or thumbs-down system by Apple. Questions ask users if they would recommend the location, its products, or services.
Apple allows you to upload a photograph of your business. This will be added alongside reviews from Yelp and other platforms. Apple’s new system does not allow users to leave text reviews. To access the new Apple Maps rating system, users must use iOS 14 or later.
It’s easy to see that Apple will continue to expand these features and leave its partners behind in the future, allowing it to retain its own reviews solution within the Apple Maps app. The list of countries that already support Apple’s own rating system in Apple Maps is available on the company’s website.